The Progress and the Spirit of Medical Science: An Anniversary Discourse, Delivered Before the New York Academy of Medicine, November, 25, 1858

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Página 49 - I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which, as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.
Página 17 - Discoveries, but to penetrate still further, and not to overcome his adversaries in disputes but nature by labour, not in short to give elegant and specious opinions, but to know to a Certainty and Demonstration, let him, as a true son of Science (if such be his wish), join with us ; that when he has left the antechambers of Nature trodden by the multitude, an entrance may at last be discovered to her inner apartments.
Página 8 - a complement of cognitions, having in point of form the character of logical perfection, and in point of matter the character of real truth.
Página 33 - I ascribe no intention to God, for I mistrust the feeble powers of my reason. I observe facts merely, and go no further. I only pretend to the character of the historian of what is." " I cannot make nature an intelligent being who does nothing in vain, who acts by the shortest mode, who does all for the best.
Página 3 - That not to know at large of things remote From use, obscure and subtle, but to know That which before us lies in daily life, Is the prime wisdom...
Página 14 - In the art of experiment, and in trying to find his way with untripped step among details, the Greek was as feeble as a child: whereas in the sphere of ideas and vast general conceptions, as well as in the fine art of embodying such universals and generalities in beautiful and appropriate symbols, it is not a paradox to say that he was sometimes stronger than a man.
Página 25 - ... philosophy, is a weak thing. Therefore, as too extensive generals, though true, do not bring men home to action, there is more danger in such generals as are false in themselves and seduce instead of directing the mind. Medicine, therefore, has been rather professed than labored, and yet more labored than advanced, as the pains bestowed thereon were rather circular than progressive; for I find great repetition, and but little new matter, in the writers of physic.
Página 49 - Roman, that, if they chance at any time to be without company, they are like a becalmed ship ; they never move but by the wind of other men's breath, and have no oars of their own to steer withal.
Página 47 - ... have often thought, that provided with a thorough insight into the history of any disease whatsoever, I could invariably apply an equivalent remedy; a clear path being thus marked out for me by the different phenomena of the complaint. These phenomena, if carefully collated with each other, lead us, as it were, by the hand to those palpable indications of treatment which are drawn, not from the hallucinations of our fancy, but from the innermost penetralia of Nature.
Página 49 - We are kept in remembrance that there is more in heaven and earth than is dreamt of in our philosophy.

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